ADC and OSC Work Together to Combat Discrimination

Washington, DC | April 10, 2006 | The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) and the Office of Special Counsel Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC), Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, are working together to educate workers and employers about their rights and responsibilities under the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).
OSC investigates and prosecutes allegations of national origin and citizenship status discrimination with regards to employment, including hiring, firing and fee-based recruitment/referrals. OSC also investigates unfair documentary practices during the employment eligibility verification process and retaliation under the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).
Since receiving a one-year grant from the OSC, ADC has worked on several fronts to raise awareness about how to recognize discriminatory action by a potential employer as well as promote understanding of immigration-related employment rights including:
. ADC recently taped 60-second public service announcements (PSA) in both English and Arabic (click here to listen) This will also soon be available in Farsi
. ADC held a “Know Your Rights” discussion on employment discrimination in Arlington, VA. To read more on the event, please see:
. Placing advertisements in local newspapers and magazines; and disseminating educational outreach materials to ADC chapters and affiliates across the country, to view the ad, see:
. ADC will also be creating printed brochures and guides in Arabic
. Upcoming Event on May 11 in Dearborn, Michigan “Know Your Rights” discussion (more details to follow soon).
Additionally, ADC will help OSC publicize its 30-second English and Spanish PSAs to television and radio outlets to help educate workers and employers about immigration-related employment discrimination.  The goal of the PSA campaign is to heighten public awareness of the services offered by OSC to victims of unlawful discrimination and to employers who want help complying with the law. To listen to OSC‘s English and Spanish PSAs see:
For information about Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Employment Discrimination, please contact ADC at 202-244-2990; via e-mail at, or the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices at the US Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division at 1-800-255 7688 (worker hotline) or 1-800-255-8155 (employer hotline).

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